West Ham monitoring Joe Allen as Stoke City hold out for £15million bid for star midfielder in January clear out
- Stoke City are looking to offload big name players in a bid to cut costs in January
- Wales international Joe Allen has a number of admirers and looks set to leave
- West Ham United are monitoring developments and are keen to make a move
- Stoke are holding out for £15million while the Hammers want to bid £8million
The Wales international midfielder could be sold in January as part of a cost cutting exercise with manager Michael O’Neill under orders to trim the wage bill.
Stoke want £15million for Allen, 29, who is on around £65,000 per week, yet West Ham are looking to pay closer to £8m. Stoke had interest from Burnley in the summer who remain admirers but are reluctant to match the figures.
West Ham are monitoring developments on Joe Allen as they eye a move for the midfielder
Allen is likely to leave Stoke City as the club look to offload their highly-paid stars next month
Allen was previously a target for West Ham when David Moyes was manager and has also drawn attention from Wolves and Newcastle United.
He has fallen foul of some Stoke fans recently, cupping his ears while celebrating a goal against Luton Town in reaction to abuse he and teammates had received during the game.
Stoke expect interest in goalkeeper Jack Butland, also an option for West Ham, while Badou Ndiaye is wanted in Turkey by Trabzonspor and midfielders Mark Duffy and Peter Etebo are also available.
West Ham’s under fire boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking to freshen his squad in January